Sport Astros' Justin Verlander doesn't buy Yankees hype: 'The American League goes through us'

21:21  14 february  2018
21:21  14 february  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Prince's sister enjoyed Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl tribute

  Prince's sister enjoyed Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl tribute Prince's sister Tyka Nelson enjoyed Justin Timberlake's controversial Super Bowl tribute to her late brother. Justin sung Prince's track I Would Die 4 You alongside a giant projection of the musical legend during his 14-minute Half-Time Show in Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium. However, his tribute to the Minnesota singer, who died in 2016, was controversial - as during his lifetime Prince had criticised Justin's music while also expressing an antipathy to hologram projections. Following the show, Tyka told that she was "pleasantly surprised" by Justin's performance and "even enjoyed" the Prince tribute, the gossip website reported. According to the site, she and her family knew he would sing I Would Die 4 You but did not know about the giant projection. Tyka added that her brother liked being outspoken but never held a grudge and would've approved of the gig, telling TMZ: "He said what he said and kept it moving." Before Justin's Super Bowl gig it was rumoured that he'd perform with a hologram depicting Prince, however the Purple Rain's ex-bandmate Sheila E denied this, writing on Twitter, "There is no hologram.

Justin Verlander did it 21 hours later, with a 124-pitch, complete-game victory that put the Astros up 2-0 over the Yankees in the ALCS. “ We joke in our clubhouse about Gary Pettis being the most aggressive third base coach in the league , and I think he still lives as the most aggressive third base

New York Yankees . Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto Blue Jays. “… We ’ve also seen probably the natural fatigue that a pitcher goes through late in the year, and he’s had some of those outings too.” Verlander did, of course, but he initially had reservations about going to the Astros .

a man wearing a baseball hat: Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander © Getty Images Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander is not buying into the Yankees being the team to beat in the American League as one MLB Network host claimed Tuesday.

"I don't really care whose opinion, especially people that don't play," Verlander told reporters Tuesday. "Everything happens between the lines, I think the American League goes through us, obviously, the old saying 'to be the best you've got to beat the best' and I think we proved we were last year."

The Astros beat the Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series in 2017. But with the addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup, many pundits are championing New York as the best team in the AL.

How will the Yankees handle their outfield logjam?

  How will the Yankees handle their outfield logjam? The Yankees will use spring training to figure out the pecking order in the outfield.They need to see if Miguel Andujar is their starting third baseman, if Gleyber Torres is going to hold down second, and above all else, they need to figure out their crowded outfield.

The Astros won 101 games in the regular season and now are a loss away from going home, and watching somebody else -- the Yankees Of course, the narrative flips again in the American League Championship Series if Verlander pitches on Friday night the way he did in Game 2 of this series.

Justin Verlander isn' t buying the Yankees as the team to beat in the AL. The young New York Yankees were only a game away from the 2017 World Series, but Astros shut out the Yanks in "There's no way you can' t think that the # Yankees are the team to beat in the American League ." –

Verlander obviously does not support that argument and he has a case. Houston beat the Yankees, then went on to beat a team many thought was the best in baseball in the Dodgers. They return every player in their historical batting order, added two good relievers, and traded for 2015 NL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole.

Make no mistake, the Yankees will be a tough team to beat this season, but the Astros are far from a forgotten contender.

Yankees prospect recovering after being shot in Venezuela .
Thairo Estrada is considered the No. 16 overall prospect in the Yankees' farm system.Boone said Estrada is in camp, and he expects the middle infielder will be able to play the "bulk of the season.

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